At long last, the summer is here. It’s time to open up the windows to let the fresh air and sunshine into your home. For many, it’s also the time of year to escape city life and spend some time in the great outdoors. Fortunately for us Canucks, there are plenty of exciting places to go and things to do in Canada.
One of the most beloved places in the country that also happens to be the quintessential summer vacation spot is the Muskoka district of Ontario. Muskoka has been the summer destination for cottagers and leisure-seekers for over one hundred years and offers some of the country’s most stunning wildlife, lakeside views, and summer homes. Are you headed up north this year? Check out our list of things to do in Ontario’s beautiful cottage country.
Go Fishing in the Lake of Bays
Lake of Bays is a township in the northeastern part of Muskoka and is next to Algonquin Park — one of Canada’s most well-known national parks. It’s also home to Lake of Bays, one of the region’s largest and most spectacular lakes and a hotspot for fishing and boating enthusiasts.
The lake is a cold, clear body of water that inhabits fish such as lake trout, lake herring, smallmouth bass, whitefish, and rainbow smelt. If you’re looking for a getaway that allows you to sit back in your boat while catching some fish on a hot summer’s day, then this is the place for you. Check out the Lake of Bays cottages for sale — you could spend the entire summer in your very own lakeside cottage, fishing and relaxing with friends and family.
Have a Picnic in the Historic Brunel Lift Locks
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 concerns, people continue to socially distance themselves and avoid spending too much time indoors with people outside of their immediate household. And what better way to do precisely that than have a picnic outside in a beautiful, historic Muskoka park?
The Brunel Lift Locks are located in Huntsville, Ontario, on the Muskoka River and have been a part of Huntsville’s foundation since the early 1800s. The locks were necessary for transporting people and maintaining the logging industry. These days, visitors can pack a picnic and enjoy a leisurely afternoon on the grassy park admiring the locks and river. Just remember to bring sunscreen, facial coverings, and a book or two so you can unwind and relax as the day unfolds.
Go For a Hike in Arrowhead Provincial Park
Arrowhead Provincial Park is located just north of Huntsville, Ontario. It contains beautiful hiking trails, ranging from 30 minutes to two hours in length. The longest trail, Beaver Meadow Trail, passes the Porcupine Bluffs, the leftover shoreline of an ancient lake. The trail also circles a beaver pond where you can see moose, otter, blue heron, cattails, and other incredible natural wonders.
Take Advantage of Muskoka this summer and experience its majesty to the fullest. By soaking in its lakes, historic rivers, and beautiful wildlife, you’ll never want the summer to end.